Sino-Vietnamese word from 公安.
công an • (公安)
- public security
đồn công an ― public security station
- (colloquial) public security (law enforcement) officer
nhờ công an chỉ đường ― to ask a public security officer for directions
- While công an refers to the law enforcement forces in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, equivalent institutions outside of Vietnam and the People's Republic of China are usually referred to as cảnh sát. Cảnh sát also refers to various branches of such forces in Vietnam.